As a woman you must cover arms, legs and head (thank goodness for the Christian Lacroix headscarf Mrs H gave me before I left!).
It's a spectacular building from the outside, and just as beautiful inside too. very calming, and beautiful colours. A huge array of people, some tourists and some residents, and we all sat cross legged on the floor and listened to Firaz tell us all about Islam.
I wouldn't even attempt to go into what he explained for fear of getting the facts wrong and offending people, suffice to say it is a much misunderstood religion and utterly fascinating.
My Muslim colleagues now dread long car journeys with me as I barrage them with questions about it all - to the point where one has now bought me in a textbook to find out more. Nosy, me?!